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Chris DeVore, General Partner, Founders Co-op
Chris DeVore is a founder and General Partner at Founders’ Co-op, the Pacific Northwest's leading seed-stage venture capital fund. Previously a co-founder of Adjacency (acquired by Sapient, NASDAQ: SAPE) and Judy's Book (backed by Mobius VC and Ignition Partners), Chris also created outdoor retailer Patagonia's online retailing channel and led product and business strategy teams at AT&T and McCaw Cellular Communications. Chris holds a BA from Yale and attended the MBA program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Since 2008, Founder’s Co-op has bankrolled more than a dozen companies on the West Coast. Those include Simply Measured, Estately, Deal Co-op, Appature, BigDoor and others. DeVore said that he still feels like the Pacific Northwest is a hidden gem of startup activity, with Founder’s Co-op positioning to be the “talent scouts” for the best entrepreneurs. “We like to be thought of the guys who find the best stuff in the Northwest,” adding the the firm sees its role as a “catalyst” for the Pacific Northwest technology community. He is also a frequent blogger at crashdev.com and is on twitter @crashdev
6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
Hosted By Mike Grabham, Director of Startup Grind Seattle
Michael is optimistic, genuine and a problem solver. He is a product guy that focuses on uses and revenue. He loves starting companies and enjoys the collaboration with smart people to figure out how to create value for a customer. He has been lucky enough to start a few companies, raise capital and see the hard work payoff. Michael enjoys the experiences you must go through to get a company into a growth mode and see its first service/product create revenue. Currently he is working on an platform to help the homeless in the US, that has yet to be released to the public and is a partner in a web design/development company CrashShop.com that does some very interesting applications and websites. You can visit his blog at michaelgrabham.com or follow him on twitter @grabmike
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What is Startup Grind?
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.